It really IS up to us!

The most encouraging thing to me about these times is realizing how critically apparent it is that the future of society is in our hands.  If we feel there is nothing we can do about it, we exhibit the slave victim mentality that our oppressors need us to maintain.  They are showing signs of fear around that issue, which is just more encouragement for us.

Let us pray for the peace and enlightenment of our military, for they are propagandized into the worst oppression of any of us, to persuade them to do our dirty work.  It has been noticed repeatedly in the past that when the military joins the revolt, it is over.  Paulo Freire noted fifty years ago that the leadership must come from the most oppressed.

Hatred is a Poison We Use to Undo our Lives

My e-mail inbox used to be a few announcements, a couple of petitions for favorite causes, some passing thoughts from friends, and an occasional  stimulating post about some issue in the news.

All that is different now.  Since the Democratic Party discovered its adherents didn’t like their sabotage of Bernie Sanders and the party operatives got on their corporate high horse, the lies and accusations grew apace.  The result of the Democratic Party not being able to offer a working person’s candidate has caused an explosion of green ants with levels of misrepresentation and hatred that used to be the domain of the frightened Tea Party right.

We have attained new levels of fuming, acrid hatred.  Are we such children to be so angered at the threat to some mental construction?  Are we so frightened of what might happen that we have to break out in boils of hatred?  The Democratic Party has become a slightly different flavor of the Republican Party, both owned and operated by Deep State forces, but distinguished almost entirely by their list of hates.  The right used to hate college professors, blacks, communists, Muslims, Mexicans, West Coasters, East Coasters, and an array of others who clearly could not think straight.  Now the “liberal” elite, all that’s left of the Democratic Party, many of whom have stolen the label “progressive” as though nobody knew the meaning of that word, are busy conjuring up hatred of the Russians, hatred of all the critics of International Regime Change and American Exceptionalism, and all the ideas that came with this figment of the American Dream they created who has lurched into the White House.

Other than being a great bore in my inbox, the point of noting this explosion of hatred is that we have entered a fairly modest window of opportunity to awaken to seeing the unnecessary self-pollution of hatred and to recognize that were we to suddenly calm down and grow up, we would see that we are able to talk to people we don’t understand very well about our problems.  We have a great number of problems we could be discussing, many of which are connected to forestalling our extinction, but the first and foremost of which is to come to terms with the elementary notion that violence can not solve a thing, along with its corollary that additional violence pushes all solutions farther away.

This window of opportunity is for the people to take charge of their government, since the present government seems Hell-bent on suicide for all of us, and without our permission.   The “Justice Democrats” might be a way to break into the system, but only as a first step, since the system is poisoned beyond reclamation.  Nonetheless, that could be a start.  Whatever we do, we have to cut out everything we hate, because they’re all bad habits.  We are at a stage when we really have to think clearly and with foresight, which no one can do who is lost in the turmoil of hatred.

Universal Water Shortage

Since we claim to be interested in national security, I think it would be vastly more productive to start massive national programs of water conservation and reclamation in arid regions of Africa and Asia, rather than bombing their cities, hospitals, funerals, and killing their women and children in an insane effort to increase our profits.  Our elites seem to have missed the truly hidden treasure that world peace is worth promoting.

When the United States, apparently knowing nothing about democracy, moves into other countries with military forces and the announced idea of introducing them to democracy, our results seem strangely unproductive.  By now the United States has created a vast, seething crowd of enemies all over the world.  Our nation is certainly not secure.

But if we were to use our power and money instead to help institute massive water and water-table reclamation and conservation programs everywhere people are struggling to grow food to feed their families in increasingly arid areas, we would gradually reduce the memories of bombed out schools, childrens’ legs blown off, cities and homes destroyed and extended families buried nearby.

We could generate a whole batch of friends in an era when our survival means working in cooperation with the rest of the people on the planet.

We could offer leadership to the United Nations rather than power politics and manipulation.

Becoming Planetary People

We people can live in peace and harmony, but we have to choose to do that and then stick to it against all odds to remove the rich and powerful who actually want a slave state.  We can identify some values we have that will help us direct ourselves into the human development we need for this undertaking.  We can also help our brothers and sisters understand that personal liberation is the path to the happiness they’re missing.

One value is the common understanding that we are all connected.  With all kinds of individual interpretations, we recognize there is only one mind and we all have a direct connection to it, and through that to all other people and whatever other spirits or guides we recognize as such.

We all have access to different ways to think and feel about everything, and the composite of our thinkings and feeling constitute the world we perceive, which of course is different for each of us.  We all respect the sacred individuality of every human on our planet.  Exploitation and violence are only demeaning to ourselves.

Everything has unseen aspects and what there is that we don’t know is infinite in comparison to what we do know, and what we do know is just our rational and egoistic way of making sense of our world.  All our separate worlds are is created by the collections of ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and feelings we have about the world we perceive, so we can’t really know a great deal of what is real in another person’s world.

When we remember that we love living on this planet, our desire to take care of it will be energized, and we will be able to notice that we have already dug up and thrown away all the earth’s gifts we need.

When we have used such values to bring our consciousness to a spiritual level, we will be ready to think of ourselves as respectable, respectful, loving, lovable people filled with hope for our grandchildren.  We can then work together to figure out how to live with all our neighbors, near and far, peacefully and sustainably.

It will take some time for all this to come together, but I observe that I am very far from the first to imagine this stuff, that our teachers have been talking about this stuff all along, so we are already well on our way to a much better world.  I think we are called to gently but firmly rein in our over-enthusiastic and partly asleep brothers and sisters who have impeded themselves by their attainment of power and prestige.

When we have become the people with the big picture, the ones we can trust to behave, we will face several objectives:

The first thing we have to do is get rid of our war habit.  That means only honing our diplomatic skills, for all adults now can settle problems with discussion, sometimes requiring the help of a disinterested third party.  But before we can have honest discussions, we have to learn to respect all people as peers, and we are peers in the effort to live sustainably and peacefully on this planet.  It is merely a bad habit to suppose that some of us are better than others of us.

We have to be sure that families, or groups of families, have enough land, food, and water to sustain themselves and their children.  We have to get rid of our borders and fences, except for those required to keep livestock eating in the right place.

We have to create a public banking system by which our worker-owned-and-directed enterprises can arrange loans for startup, expansion, or moderization.  We have to eliminate private banks and private corporations that are working for profits rather than to fulfill some specific need in some specific place.

Our government can be a representative assembly, elected by all the people in a preferential election.  Then as the assembly is faced with the need to solve specific questions, it will appoint a committee from among volunteers to research the ways and means best suited to solve that specific problem.  If my understanding is correct, that is how Sweden solves problems.  Lots of people participate on lots of problem-solving committees which present well worked-out solutions which the assembly usually has little to add or subtract and can affirm the committee work as legislation.

We will have a widepread court and police system to help settle disputes between small numbers of people and we will be sure that laws serve common interests but not special interests.  We will abolish the idea of private proverty (i.e. real estate) because we will need all the arable land for growing crops we really need, like food and trees, and not for missile factories.  We will have major pieces of public lands, such as parks, trails and roads, special places that all people need free access to, much like the Commons in England before 1600.

All mining or removal of fluids from the planet will have to be done in areas researched as best for that purpose and only as absolutely needed and with great care.  By and large, mining should cease and be replaced by recycling of the materials we already have readily at hand, sometimes in landfills.  I know Afghanistan has lots of lithium and rare earth elements, but we must be very careful and minimalist in our perturbation of the planet.

An enterprise can get a startup license if the need for its product or service is clearly identified within a reasonable distance of the proposed location of the enterprise.   No profits will be made on speculation, and currency will not be used for speculation, because we need a stable distribution of both working capital and worker salary for buying food, clothes, etc.  Wealth accumulation will be allowed only under very strict guidelines, and worker wages will vary only within a factor of eight or ten.  We have learned the hard way that greed and power over others is a terrible disease, once confused with the American Dream.

This is intended only to be a few disorganized ideas suggestive of a way of thinking.  Others are already far down the path toward building such a society.